Srinagar, Aug 04: Tired of approaching Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on being indifferent to their misery pleas over dilapidated state of the interior road stretch at Iram colony sector-F Natipora in Srinagar, residents of the area on Thursday said that they have raised funds by their own tomacdamize the ‘Interior ‘Lane Road’ stretch.
Notably, the location is just around six kilometres from Lal Chowk, and residents have expressed great concern about the status of the road in the vicinity, noting that they are looking forward to the day when they will see a walkable, motorable road within their alley.
"Such is the state of the roads that old people and children are unable to leave their houses, especially when it rains." "We have to deal with a terrible post-rainfall scenario since the area becomes muddy," stated a resident.
Yawar Nazir Kabli, a local, told Rising Kashmir that because the road has never been macadamized since settlement in the region began, anyone traveling on foot must perform a full cleansing of their clothing and shoes.
"I am astonished that we are only a few kilometers from Lal Chowk and do not have a motorable road in the area, individuals going to the everyday office or business work have to clean up their outfits when they reach the main road since the dusty and muddy road makes a mess of what one is wearing," he remarked.
Kabli stated that they have been living in the area for three years but have yet to see a suitable road, claiming that the muddy and dusty road has taken a toll on their health, particularly on the elderly and children.
Mohammad Altaf, the community leader in the area, stated that they are tired of visiting SMC officials, claiming that they have received a frosty answer to their demands for the road surface.
"We have already made some collections and want to make additional collections to suggest road infill to make the route navigable." "We also talked to the area's builders about making a monetary contribution for road filling," he said.
He stated that the local committee has been contacting SMC officials about the area's decrepit road conditions for the last year, but has seen no meaningful improvement.
"I've been living in the area for a year and have been discussing the road topping issue with responsible officials at SMC, but they only dispatched a team once, and nothing occurred after that," he continued.
Meanwhile, a concerned executive Engineer informed Rising Kashmir that the project has already been initiated under the Capex Budget and is awaiting approval from higher authorities.
"We are confident that the road will be blacktopped by September of this year, the project has already been taken up under the Capex Budget," he stated.